The Goo Diet: Lady Gaga Went Gaga For This?

Just when I thought I had heard enough the latest fad diet for this year along comes a new one- The Goo Diet. A few weeks ago here in the U.S. we became familiar with the Dukan Diet, thanks to Princess Kate,  and for many years we have heard of other diets like the Atkins Diet, the South Beach diet, among others.  But nothing this new diet that was based around baby food really surprised me.

Lady Gaga Stays Thin On This?

Every fad diet has its origins somewhere and usually with someone.  Nine times out of ten it is a result of a celebrity endorsement and this time the celebrity was Lady Gaga.  Lady Gaga has stated in recent interviews that she stays thin by eating baby food.
To be fair it has also been reported that she is not the only celebrity who is on this diet.  Other celebs who have or are reportedly on this diet are Jennifer Aniston and Cheryl Cole.  Not surprisingly, sales of baby food have seen a whopping increase of 100 percent.   I seriously need to buy baby food stock…

What The Goo Diet Consists Of

The diet consists of eating one main meal a day and snacking on 14 small 4 ounce jars of baby food throughout the rest of the day. The baby food is said to leave a person feeling full throughout the day.
The creator of this diet is personal trainer to the stars Tracy Anderson.  The purpose of the diet is to cleanse the body but one of the side effects is feeling full while eating baby food and losing pounds as a result.

Problems With The Goo Diet

Some of the problems that have been listed by health experts are:

  • Baby food leaves you short on nutrients like protein and fiber
  • Lack of vitamins and minerals like calcium and iron
  • Constipation
  • You are eating like an infant and not like an adult
  • You will gain the weight once you return to a normal diet

As you can see there is a list of valid problems with this diet.  Although the short term gains may seem like they are worth it, the long term gains are not in favor of one’s health.

Why This Diet Works In Weight Loss

Are you asking yourself, “how is it possible that baby food helps an adult lose weight?”  The answer is very simple.  Eating baby food is low in calories.  By simply eating fewer calories you will see a decrease in weight.  If you want to see a decrease in weight all you need to do is reduce you calories, eat fewer calories than what you use in energy (a calorie deficit) and you will see a thinner person in the mirror over time.  However, being on the Goo Diet as a way to stay thin or get thin is not the healthiest option.  Diets like Brad Pillon’s Eat Stop Eat, for example, uses a simple approach that does not require you to sacrifice how you eat and does not force you to eat different foods than what you already eat today.

A Better Option To Get Thin And Get A Celebrity Body

Looking good and staying healthy is much easier than you may think.  Although it is easy to think that you need to eat next to nothing and work out many hours a day in the gym all it takes is a simple plan in order to look your best.  The two factors that work best are:

  • Eating Healthy
  • Exercise

(Lady Gaga Caught In A Gym By TMZ)

In order to lose weight and lose fat, the first factor is by eating healthy and consuming fewer calories.  As mentioned above, a program like “Eat Stop Eat” is one ideal and long term approach as it helps you reduce calories without drastically changing your food preferences (i.e. not having to eat baby food).

Exercise is the second component that I find impossible to avoid, especially if you want to look lean and healthy and if you want to have a thin body much like a celebrity.  For most people the thought of running miles a day or lifting weights is not the most attractive option.  In fact, most women will find themselves avoiding lifting weights because they do not want to look bulky.  However, there are ways to lift weights without having to look muscular. Rusty Moore of Fitness Black Book for example, shows the exact process for achieving a thin Hollywood type body in his programs, “Visual Impact for Women” and “Visual Impact Muscle Building-For Men.”

How To Properly Exercise To Get A Thin And Lean Body

In order to torch the fat in your body and get your metabolism in to overdrive the best approach is following a cardio and strength training approach.  Instead of doing long cardio sessions simply
do interval type training, also called HIIT or burst training.  Performing short, intense bursts of activity
will get your body to burn more calories and burn more fat without losing lean
muscle.  Simply do intervals of cardio for one minute, followed by two minute rest periods.  A sequence of 15 minutes will be enough followed by 15 minutes of slow to moderate cardio.

Strength training is also important, however, this does not have to be done using only
weights.  In fact, you can substitute weights with bodyweight exercises, kettlebells or resistance bands.  The important thing is to provide resistance type training to your muscles.  In order to get a lean body avoid training in the higher rep range even though this has been a common piece of advice given by trainers.  Instead do exercises in lower rep ranges, preferrably 4-5 reps per set per exercise.  Do not work out the same body part on consecutive days and allow suffiecient rest days between workouts.

The important thing to remember is that in order to look healthy and stay healthy a fad diet like the Goo Diet is not the best option.  Choosing a long term and healthy approach will get you closer to looking your best.

Feel free to comment below and join in the discussion.

Comments

  1. Hilarious! Of course, this isn’t too surprising when you hear of Tracy Anderson’s other nuggets of wisdom. Working out with super-light weights for hours each day? Um…

    • Sam Munoz says:

      Darrin,
      I was stunned when I came across the Goo diet. I mean, seriously? I think I’m going to pitch a cat food diet next summer and make money.
      Sometimes the fads really get creative…
      -Sam

  2. Haha i thought this was a joke when i read it. Peoples stupidity and sales innovation really surprises me sometimes. Baby food isn’t even something i would give to my own son or daughter if i had one, let alone eat it.

    • Sam Munoz says:

      Boris,
      Yeah it is astounding but true. Baby food is being pitched as a weight loss method. However, it is not entirely new. This approach is done by bodybuilders prior to competitions. This is a practice that has been around for years but it is now really hitting the mainstream as a long term approach.

      -Sam

  3. Sam,

    It’s unfortunate that most of society is still following fad diets. Losing weight needs to be a lifestyle change so that you can keep the results once you get them. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to eat 14 jars of baby food for the rest of their lives.

    • Sam Munoz says:

      Jeff,
      That is the key. You need to make it a lifestyle change. Fitness and dieting is not about trying something for a couple of weeks and moving on to the next thing. It is about commitment without making a huge sacrifice.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      -Sam

  4. That’s craziness.

    However, I have to admit that it would be extremely convenient. Just one main meal per day, and then the rest of the meals are pre packaged and ready to be eaten with a spoon.

    With the amount of work I put into cooking my healthy meals, I can’t help but be slightly jealous…

    • Sam Munoz says:

      Nathan,
      It is craziness and as you can see not healthy at all. If I get constipated from this type of diet I know better than to try it or continue on it.

      -Sam

  5. Sam,

    The popularity of celebrity fad diets like this never cease to amaze me (and let’s not get started on the stuff sold on TV). But I don’t think Tracey Anderson and Lady Gaga are the first ones to use baby food for weight loss. If I remember correctly, back in the 90’s some big-time pro body builders ate baby food to drop weight before contests.

    Ray

    • Sam Munoz says:

      Ray,
      You’re correct about using baby food as weight loss in the bodybuilding circuit. In fact, this is still practiced by professional bodybuilders. I won’t name names but I do know it is used about a week before a competition. Unfortunately it is now being pitched as a long term solution and it definitely is not.

      -Sam

  6. Sam,

    Any diet that creates a calorie deficit will work for weight loss, but I can’t imagine anyone sticking with this type of eating plan long-term. This is why I love a program like Eat Stop Eat because it’s so flexible and doesn’t make me eat stuff like baby food.

    Alykhan

    • Sam Munoz says:

      Alykhan,
      It is the calorie deficit that makes it work. Unfortunately many can’t see that and assume that it’s eating baby food that is the factor in weight loss. Strange.

      -Sam

  7. I agree with Alykhan, it all comes back to total calorie intake. IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) for the win!

    • Sam Munoz says:

      Von,
      It is definitely all about calorie intake. This is the deciding factor in weight gain, weight loss and maintenance.
      I’m gonna steal the IIFYM acronym.

      -Sam

  8. Haha this would be convenient, but there is much better ways to create the deficit. I find it hard to believe people with that kind of money wouldn’t hire a less crazy personal trainer.